My Dog Is a Hero

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True stories about man's most heroic best friends!

In this book, you'll learn about the awesome dogs that are trained to save lives and brave the most dangerous situations. From tracking dogs to space dogs, police dogs to mountain rescue dogs, guide dogs to guard dogs-find out how these furry pets are trained for their special missions and how they carry them out. In My Dog is a Hero, readers will get a history of help dogs, meet the most famous canines, see real-life photos of...

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Overview


True stories about man's most heroic best friends!

In this book, you'll learn about the awesome dogs that are trained to save lives and brave the most dangerous situations. From tracking dogs to space dogs, police dogs to mountain rescue dogs, guide dogs to guard dogs-find out how these furry pets are trained for their special missions and how they carry them out. In My Dog is a Hero, readers will get a history of help dogs, meet the most famous canines, see real-life photos of the pets in action, and learn easy-to-understand facts about how help dogs got their start.

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Children's Literature - Sarah Maury Swan
Most people think of their dogs as amazing pets, but do not always think about how dogs can perform amazing jobs. We have all seen seeing-eye dogs, who help their visually-impaired owners get around, but some "service" dogs are trained to let the owners know if the phone rings or the timer goes off on the stove. Sometimes these dogs can retrieve things their owners might need, but cannot reach on their own and some are trained to let their epileptic or diabetic owner know if they are about to have an episode. Other dogs are trained to help police officers catch criminals or find drugs. Some work with military personnel find bombs and others wear wireless cameras to search collapsed buildings for survivors. These dogs are taught to climb ladders or burrow under rubble. Many retrievers are trained to rescue people from water. The overarching name for most types of service dogs is Search and Rescue (SAR) and under that umbrella are Urban SAR, Mountain/Wilderness SAR, and Avalanche SAR. All of this work can very dangerous, but the dogs seem to enjoy their tasks. Labrador Retrievers and German Shepherd are used for water rescue work, but the most popular breed is the Newfoundland with its double coat, webbed feet, and rudder-like tail. Protection dogs tend to be Belgian Malinois, Rottweilers, Doberman Pinchers, American Pit Bulls, German Shepherds, and Giant Schnauzers. Dogs can be trained for all sorts of jobs, in addition to being our friends. This book has lots of information packed into a small space and great photos, but the weird comic drawings add nothing to it. Reviewer: Sarah Maury Swan
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545495950
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/1/2012
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 938,778
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author


Rebecca Camerena is a freelance writer in sunny Southern California with a background in journalism and literature. Her articles have appeared in local community newspapers covering a variety of topics from health, news, arts, book reviews, music and theatrical reviews.
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